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The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) has received notice of the following firefighter fatality: MI

It is in great sadness that we as a Brotherhood post the 61st Line Of Duty Death in 2012 from the United States Fire Administration. Fellow Brother Firefighter & Captain John Grabowski has made the ultimate sacrifice in love for their fellow man. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and members of the Riverview Fire Department.

John Grabowski

Rank: Lieutenant
Age: 49
Gender: Male
Status: Part-time (Paid)
Years of Service: 24

Date of Incident: 10/01/2012
Time of Incident: 0803hrs
Date of Death: 10/01/2012

Fire Department: Riverview Fire Department
Address: 14100 Civic Park Drive, Riverview, MI 48193
Fire Department Chief: Chief Mitchell Jensen

Incident Description: On Sunday, September 30, during his shift, Lieutenant John Grabowski participated in fire department training. His shift ended that day at 1800hrs. The following morning, Lieutenant Grabowski traveled to his second job. At approximately 0803hrs, Lieutenant Grabowski was found collapsed in the parking lot of his second employer. The second employer's emergency response team tended to Lieutenant Grabowski and performed CPR. Advanced Life Support also responded to the scene where they treated Lieutenant Grabowski and transported him to Henry Ford Wyandotte Michigan hospital. Efforts to revive Lieutenant Grabowski at the hospital were not successful and he passed away within approximately one hour of being found in his employer's parking lot. The official cause of death has not yet been determined.

Incident Location: Parking lot of BASF Chemical, Wyandotte, MI

Funeral Arrangements: Pending

Tribute is being paid to Lieutenant John Grabowski at

To date, 61 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2012. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online @

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